The summer heat is upon us and it's becoming increasingly difficult to beat.
The Spanish "abanico" or hand fan has been an object ubiquitous in helping to cool down the fashionista set around the globe for centuries. Aside from being a helpful personal cooling system, there are intricate traditions slowly disappearing centered around women using a coded language to let their intentions known to potential suitors.
We've selected some unique images of fans being used by both men and women through the ages for your viewing pleasure.
Now go put your head in an ice bucket.